Buying a new range cooker is one of the big-ticket items for the kitchen; it needs careful consideration to ensure you select the best size, style, fuel choice, features and functions to suit your cooking needs and lifestyle. That’s why Rangemaster has such a wide variety of designs to choose from, to make sure your kitchen has the cooker it deserves. Once it’s in place, it’s time to think about the smaller details; those other small appliance essentials and even non-essentials that help make life easier while enhancing your culinary expertise. We’ve picked some of the latest models that we think will add the perfect finish to any kitchen…
Dualit has a great range of coffee machines, kettles, toasters and food prep to suit all needs and kitchen designs. We love the new Lite four-slot toaster and 1.5L kettle in a classic Canvas White, priced £85 and £100. With Dualit’s signature styling and patented features including Perfect Toast Technology, the toaster is a great investment piece that will stand the test of time. The matching kettle will complete the look, adding wow factor to your worktop. We also couldn’t resist the new Café Cino Capsule Machine, £199.98, a compact tea pod and coffee maker with built-in milk frother – perfect for barista-style drinks in the comfort of your own home (www.dualit.com)
Just like Rangemaster, Swan is a quality British brand and their collection of small appliances will add a pop of colour to any kitchen. They have also just collaborated with popular presenter, DJ, cookbook author and designer Fearne Cotton on a beautiful range of colourful kitchenware and cookware, which will be available from September. In four on-trend pastel colours – Lily, Truffle, Peacock and Pale Honey – the retro-inspired range includes a stand mixer, £299.99, food processor, £179.99, 3 in 1 stick blender, £59.99, kettle, £49.99, toaster, £39.99 and hand mixer, £39.99 (www.swan-brand.co.uk)
You can find all sorts of gems at Lakeland with gadgets and gizmos for every culinary task. Its 3.5L slow cooker, £32.99, is big enough to feed the whole family. It has three heat settings, even cooking and a dishwasher-safe ceramic cooking pot with glass lid so you can keep an eye on things. We also love their Touchscreen Soup Maker, priced £124.99. With four automatic settings, it can be used to make thick or smooth soup in just 30 minutes. It can also blend without heating and can be used for sauces and crushed ice, too (www.lakeland.co.uk)
We’ve all seen the latest fad for smoking food on programmes like MasterChef – well now you can recreate the gourmet effect at home with the new Smoking Gun from Sage by Heston Blumenthal. Easy to use, this handheld appliance will enhance the flavours of everything from meats to cheeses and even cocktails too. Intensify the aroma with a natural smoke flavour and take your entertaining to the next level. Priced £79.99, you can see it in action here:
Battery operated, it has two speeds for ignition and slow burn and comes with two smoke chip flavours, Applewood for delicate meats and cheese and Hickory for rich foods such as beef, antipasto and aioli.